Chelsea could lose out on Gabriel Moscardo to Barcelona if they don’t make a serious attempt to sign the midfield player, according to a report.
Chelsea has previously made a few bids for Corinthians player Moscardo. They haven’t yet, however, paid the 18-year-old’s asking fee. Additionally, Barcelona has shown that they are a contender to provide the defensive midfielder with a path to Europe.
Furthermore, the most recent report from Diario Sport claims that Barcelona is now prepared to make a major move for Moscardo after determining that he is the best long-term replacement for Oriol Romeu in their engine room.
According to the source, Moscardo is “much more suited” to Barcelona’s style of play than “the rockiness of Pochettino’s Chelsea.”
In light of this, Deco, a former midfielder for Chelsea and Barcelona who currently serves as the Blaugrana’s sporting director, will try to get the adolescent signed by one of his previous teams rather than the other.
Deco is rumoured to have felt that Barcelona had to sign Moscardo “now or never,” maybe because he expected competition from teams like Chelsea and others.
Under Todd Boehly, Chelsea is increasingly interested in exploring the Brazilian market. After acquiring Andrey Santos from Vasco da Gama in the winter, they have also added players such as Angelo Gabriel and Deivid Washington from Santos in the last several months.
Raphinha, a former Leeds United winger, is the only current talent from Brazil that plays for Barcelona. But, they also have Vitor Roque, a summer transfer from Athletico Paranaense, scheduled to join them, and if they can acquire Moscardo, it might give their team even more Samba flavour.
In addition to versatile captain Sergi Roberto, Xavi presently has access to Romeu, Frenkie de Jong, Ilkay Gundogan, Gavi, and Pedri as other midfield options.
Romeu, an ex-Chelsea player who returned to Barcelona from Girona in the summer after first growing in La Masia, is the only one who truly fits the holding role.
At Barcelona, Moscardo has a long-term opportunity.
Romeu is hardly Barcelona’s long-term answer at 32, so the team wants to make sure they have someone in the position they can count on for many years to come.
Given that Barcelona has added Romeo Lavia to their defensive-midfield rotation and has acquired Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo in back-to-back British record deals this season alone, it is conceivable that Moscardo will have more room at Barcelona rather than Chelsea.
If Moscardo were to become a teammate, none of those three players—all under the age of 23—would be pushing for a starting shirt anytime soon, barring a sharp decline in form.
Given that Chelsea finished in the lower half of the Premier League the previous season, Boehly’s scattergun approach to the transfer market has yet to bear fruit.